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NAVIGATING CREATIVE BLOCK

We’ve all been there….the time when the ideas just aren’t flowing and we are facing a deadline of ten+ numbers to be choreographed in a matter of weeks...We sit and barrel through trying to find music which inspires us to conjure up any kind of inspiration in the worst way; forcing ideas we know are mediocre just so we have a jumping off point to get something down on paper for class or rehearsal that night....

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YOU DON'T WANT EVERY STUDENT AT YOUR STUDIO, JUST THE RIGHT ONES!

As a business owner you should want more business, i.e.: more students. If you say you don’t then you are not focusing on what really matters to the health of your business… REVENUE!

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CRITICAL COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

This is a follow up article to  “Sometimes You Don’t Have All the Answers, and That’s Ok!” I recommend that you read that article first before you read this one. As the theories and principles in this article will make more sense. They both work together and will help you when you are hit with a crisis.

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EXPANDING YOUR MUSICAL REPERTOIRE

Is faculty music selection a constant stress? Do you have to approve all music choices because teachers choose the same music or inappropriate content, music that does not match your recital theme, dated and overdone songs, etc.?  How do you diplomatically suggest to faculty that you’d prefer them to think of another idea? Being able to balance artistic directorship without stifling teachers creativity is a fine line. Sometimes though, for the sake of the business and developing memorable works that showcase professionalism, variety and artistry is necessary........

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IMPORTANT RECITAL APPEARANCE REMINDERS

With just a few more weeks to go, I wanted to share a few reminders that can transcend your year-end shows from “nice, little dances” to “professional caliber performances!” It’s easy to let things slip by whether it be with younger dancers or recreational students, but applying expectations to all will produce a recital where everyone presents themselves as unified, neat and streamlined. Consequently, those lasting impressions will be a direct correlation to your studio name and how the community perceives the professionalism of your business! Remember it all comes down to the details which make the difference; whether you are a full-on training facility or recreational studio......

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5 TIPS FOR MANAGING EXCESSIVE STUDENT INJURIES

In recent years there seems to be an over-abundance of ailments, injuries, illnesses, etc. Have you noticed it too? Sometimes I walk into the studio and feel like I’m constantly taking the first five minutes of class to greet my receiving line of students waiting to tell me what is wrong with them and what they can’t do that day. This processional starts from my youngest beginners to my oldest, advanced dancers, so there seems to be a trend.....

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TEACHING TIPS FOR PIROUETTES

Here is a great video by Matthew Powell to help your students improve their pirouettes
 

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HOW TO BUILD WORD-OF-MOUTH REFERRALS

Even in today's media-driven world, there is no better form of advertising than word-of-mouth, a personal referral from someone whose opinions others trust and respect. Dance school owners are among the biggest beneficiaries of word-of-mouth referrals, as they require no advertising and marketing budget. The key is how do you get your students and their parents talking?

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5 TIPS FOR BRINGING IN GUEST ARTISTS

Bringing in master classes, workshops or guest choreographers for your students can be a wonderful experience for a number of reasons. While the in-house faculty you hand select should be a group of teachers who consistently challenge your students, raise the bar and have high artistic merit while evolving year after year, sometimes new blood in the studio is a way to shake things up and expose your dancers to a whole new experience. Giving your dancers an opportunity to learn from different teachers with many different styles and aesthetics is an invaluable opportunity that will only enhance their vernacular and artistic palette....

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EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE MOVIE DANSEUR

BREAKING NEWS… We are very excited to announce that on Tuesday July 30th at 9:00pm we will have a private screening of the movie "Danseur" exclusively for attendees of the Dance Teacher Web Conference and Expo at Planet Hollywood in Vegas.

After the screening, movie director and producer Scott Gormley and a Special Guest will be interviewed followed by an excited performance. Check out this sneak peak of this powerful movie!

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HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR DANCE FACULTY

We all recognize with good parenting that the most effective way to ensure consistency and clarity in setting expectations is to represent a united front. When children see follow-through coming from both parents, it lets them know their parents are like-minded with similar philosophies and there is no question. Well, the same really holds true for you as studio directors when it comes to supporting your teachers.

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HOW WE MOVE FORWARD AFTER SETBACK

As dedicated teachers our job day-in and day-out is to move our students forward, teach them the next lesson, prepare them for the future, progress their technique, etc. etc. Often we apply this same mentality to our own lives and goals, constantly wanting to do better and utilizing tunnel-vision to check off the next goal on our list. At times we don’t take into account the effect that set-backs can have on our psyche, our health and our mental wellbeing. It is a topic that is extremely relevant because our students will also endure these kinds of disappointments as well. Our job is to first learn how we can deal with them on a personal level so that we can give our students the best advice and guidance in terms of how to move forward from life’s little surprises....

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COMBATING THE PREMATURE FAST-TRACKING OF DANCERS

As teachers, our goal is to move our students forward; to help them progress so that they can continually build upon the knowledge we give them. We do that specifically in their technique classes where we aim to start with a strong, fundamental base to ensure their bodies are strong, their minds are present, their habits are good and their muscle-memory is intact. While it is common-sense to all of us that you can’t jump ten steps ahead until these necessary pre-requisites occur, sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and begin to fast-track our students prematurely....

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📢 A MUST FOR ANY DANCE TEACHER OR STUDIO OWNER!

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This summer for 4 days you are immersed in a nurturing environment around your peers, master teachers and business experts all eager to help you learn, grow and recharge! Plus you will receive the VIP treatment as we pamper you with parties, special events and a world class expo hall filled with the top dance merchants. Sounds great doesn't it?

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WHAT YOUR DANCERS SHOULD BE DOING BEFORE CLASS

We’ve all walked into our classes and seen a myriad of things going on with our dancers. Sometimes good, sometimes not optimal. Just as we set a standard of excellence and expectation during class, what we should be requiring before class should be no different. Sure, dance has a social element where dancers are close friends, there to catch up on their day (especially if they go to different schools) and talk about the latest things, but there’s a way to keep the pre-class protocol engaging as well as preparatory for class. So what should you be implementing? Well, each class and teacher are different but the following are general guidelines to avoid seeing the coffee klatch day after day and keeping the energy focused and productive. With time, reminders and repetition, it will become habit and studio culture which is positive and infectious to others.

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